Mikes Tackle World was started in 1978 by Mike & Joann Lowe in Decatur, Illinois. At this time Mike was fishing in bass tournaments and finding it increasingly hard to locate the tackle he desired. Opening up a tackle shop was his answer to this problem. What started as a small business with limited inventory has grown into a building with everything you can imagine related to fishing. People are always amazed when they see the inside of a relatively small building with a large amount of inventory.

Mikes carries most major brands of fishing tackle and many of the smaller brands, as well as many hard to find items. Mikes has a large selection of rods, reels, line, terminal tackle, live bait, fishing licenses and more! They have everything you can imagine for fishing and maybe a few you can't.

Mikes has had the honor of being featured in many newspapers and in Fishing Tackle Retailer magazine. Mikes Tackle World was a local participant in the Bassmasters tournament on Lake Decatur in 2012. Mikes has worked with Crappie USA tournaments over the years by donating hundreds of rod and reel combos for the Kids Fishing Rodeo on Lake Decatur . Mike & Joann spent many years traveling to expos around central Illinois to sell their fishing tackle and help educate fisherman on supplies .

Mikes Tackle World is one of the largest independently operated and owned fishing tackle retailers in the United States. Over the years Mikes Tackle World has built a reputation as the place to go for fishing tackle. Not only do people come in for tackle but many come in to see where the fish are biting, get fishing tips and have questions answered about fishing and regulations.

Mikes has built a large customer base from all over the United States, along with the flow of regular customers who have been coming here for years, some of who are sharing the tradition of coming to Mikes with the next generation of fisherman.

Family has always been central to Mikes Tackle World. Their son, Michael was 3 years old when the tackle shop opened and could often be found at the shop riding his tricycle around the store. A few years later they had their daughter Michelle. Both Michael & Michelle grew up learning how to work in the family business. Eventually helping at the family business grew to include not only Michael and Michelle but Michael's spouse and Mike & Joann's four grandchildren. 

Sadly we lost our beloved Michael on March 23, 2017. Michael will be loved and missed everyday. His legacy will live on with his family and the store he built. Mikes Tackle World is still going strong today and will be for many years to come.